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Fullerís Vintage Ale 1997

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Formerly brewed at Fullerís
Style: English Strong Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned.
Brewed on 18th May and 22nd July 1997 this is the first in the portfolio of Vintage Ales. Dark in appearance, the taste is almost brandy like with a hint of fruitiness in the aroma.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 12, 2004
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004 - red-brown colour, few foam, very complex aroma of roasted malts, raisins, strawberry, alcohol and wood, light oily, sweet with a strong bitterness, powerfull and dry finish with notes of prune and alcohol - complex and very robust. Thanks to Ungstrup for this bottle and to fiulijn for sharing it with me !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
Bottle #59658, sampled 10 Jan 2004, 6 ys old
Amber color. Very strong malt and caramel aroma and flavor. Sweeter than younger examples (1999 and 2000, 3 years old), less complex and fruity, but still a giant beer. Thanks a lot Jens (Ungstrup), for this rare bottle!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
I bought this bottle in early 1998 and opened it on 1/10/04. It is a beautiful amber color. The aroma is a hops and caramel. The taste is sweet, with hints of hops, fruit, and alcohol. Worth trying, if you you can still find it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2003
[Sampled October 11, 2003] The aroma is sweet and very complex with notes of plums, alcohol, fruit and sligt earth. The color is amber and it has a beutiful though disappearing head. The flavor is great; a nice sweetness with notes of plums, wood, fruits, figs, and slight hints of the alcohol. This is a great beer - that has aged very well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I was very surprised by this vintage ale. A full 6 years old, it has aged very well and is a nice find if you can get your hands on one. The beer pours with a dark, creamy brown/orange color with a fair haed that is slightly off-white and mostly diminishes. The aroma is very strong malt and caramel with a slight bread scent. The flavor is extremely complex with hints of all kinds of different flavors - fruit, alcohol, and hops are amongst the offenders. A very complex palate with a full body and slight carbonation. Very highly recommended.


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